Homemade (sort of) Cat Costume for the Baby

Happy Halloween!  Our sweet baby is going to be a black cat for Halloween this year.  Instead of telling you I “made” the costume, I’ll say I “crafted” it.

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It was so easy – black onesie, silver sparkle-y foam paper, and the cat accessories pack from Target.  Oh, and I found this cute little pumpkin for $1 for her to collect her candy as we go door to door tonight – literally door to door.  We’ll visit the neighbors next door, the neighbors across the street, and then head home.  Not bad for baby’s first Halloween!  Well, technically, she was born the day before Halloween last year, so it’s her 2nd Halloween, but we didn’t dress up last year and we certainly didn’t trick or treat as we were all still at the hospital.

Happy First Birthday Sweet Baby Girl!

She’s ONE!  We can’t believe how fast this year has gone…and that our sweet baby girl is quickly becoming a wild climbing toddler!  I thought I would share a visual recap of her birthday party with you…she had a blast and LOVED her cake!

The theme of the party was sock monkeys because our little one is such a monkey using her feet and toes as she plays as much has her hands.  Then the color theme was the four colors you see below.  I didn’t decorate too much, here was the focal point…

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The silver balloon is a GIANT #1.  And plush sock monkeys served a dual role of balloon weight and party favor.

Here are some close-ups, all the decorations were easy, cheap, and on theme!

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I made sock monkeys using white chocolate to trace the outline with sprinkles on top to add color.
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Once the chocolate sets, it’s very easy to get the monkeys (or whatever shape) off the wax paper.
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I got one of those paper tablecloths from iparty and stamped the little sock monkey all over it.
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I used the chocolate monkeys to decorate the cake…
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and made letters using the same technique with the white chocolate and sprinkles.  And this post from Oh Happy Day was SO helpful to me to finally frost a smooth cake.
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Happy Birthday to our little monkey!!

Monday Outfit

We’re braving the elements this morning and hoping Sandy stays calm until later in the day so I can go to my eye doctor appointment.  How exciting.  At least I get to break out my bright yellow raincoat and navy wellies, similar to the ones below.  I hope Sandy isn’t too rough on all of us today, have a great week!

Monday Outfit

Citizens of Humanity slim jeans
$150 – theoutnet.com

Joules winter white shoes
$60 – johnlewis.com

Couple Things…

I am so excited for the weekend, tomorrow we are hosting our sweet baby girl’s FIRST BIRTHDAY PARTY!  You’ve seen the inspiration and the invitation and below is the cute t-shirt we had made from an etsy seller that she’ll wear to celebrate her big day.  Next week I’ll show you the rest of the fun.

Have a great weekend!  Here are a couple things from the web this week:

kate spade is launching a new brand of apparel, accessories, and home items this Spring!

I love this coat for Fall…

And this sweet dress for the baby…can you tell I’m into Zara right now?

And last, a little something for those of us who watch Breaking Bad (and like Taylor Swift, apparently.)